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Topeka Man Sentenced in Carjacking

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Kansas

TOPEKA, KAN. – A Topeka man was sentenced Monday to 84 months in federal prison on a carjacking charge, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Michael Richard Wilkins, 21, Topeka, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of carjacking. In his plea, Wilkins admitted that on Jan. 29, 2014, he and a co-defendant robbed and assaulted the owner of a 1999 Dodge Dakota truck. They stole the man’s money and keys and forced him into the truck. They left him in a field in north Topeka and drove away.

Co-defendant Shaun Lee Kendall was sentenced to 70 months in federal prison.

Grissom commended the Topeka Police Department, the FBI and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jared Maag for their work on the case.

Updated December 18, 2014